Associate Professor Nirmala Pathmanathan is an anatomical pathologist with expertise in breast diseases. She is the Director of the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute in Sydney, which is a comprehensive multidisciplinary breast cancer program covering Western Sydney. She is also the Director of the BreastScreen Program for Sydney West and the Designated/Lead Pathologist for this program. She is a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Sydney and Conjoint Associate Professor with the University of Western Sydney. A/Prof Pathmanathan is currently a specialist breast pathologist at Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology (part time).
A/Professor Pathmanathan is the recipient and chief or principal investigator on a number of grant-funded projects and is a past executive committee member of the Australian Breast Cancer Tumour Bank. She is a Member of NBOCC Sentinel Node Biopsy Subgroup and was involved in the development of recommendations for use of Sentinel Node Biopsy in Breast Cancer. Recently, A/Professor Pathmanathan has been a steering committee member in the development and presentation of breast cancer workshops, aimed at improving the quality of breast cancer pathology and HER2 testing in several countries across the Asia Pacific Region. She sits on the Executive Committee for the Australasian Society for Breast Diseases and is a National Clinical Advisory Board Member for BreastScreen Australia. Her primary research interests are in HER2 testing, prognostic markers in ER positive breast cancer and borderline/atypical lesions of the breast.